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Ex-Ecstasy Clubbers Fuel UK Cocaine Craze ::

Reported by Trackitdown TID on July 23, 2004

A new report of UK drug use published this week has claimed that clubbers switching from ecstasy to cocaine are behind the threefold increase in cocaine use that’s occurred over the last 7 years.

“Cocaine is seen as preferable to amphetamine for clubbers because the effects following cocaine use, and their duration, are more controllable,” the NHS study suggested, adding that poorer quality ecstasy has influenced drug users’ tastes (Independent).

The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, cited ‘changing fashions in music and clubbing’ as a key factor, suggesting “as the price of cocaine has fallen, clubbers have turned to the drug, perceived as being ‘cleaner’ and more sophisticated (than E).”

Doctors involved in the report warned that Britain is facing a ‘cocaine epidemic’ with many people also now also dabbling with crack.

“At least one in ten people who use cocaine will go on to become compulsive users,” the Standard said.

“(Using) it significantly increases the risk of convulsions, brain damage, strokes, heart attacks and serious mental illness, including schizophrenia.” (‘Cocaine dependence or addiction is characterised by the following features: Substantial impairment in the ability to control amounts used; High dose, usually episodic consumption patterns; Increased anxiety, depression; Paranoid-type ideation (in some users); and weight loss . . .’)

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